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Oulton Park Media Release: BTCC Champion Jordan Gets A Taste Of Supertouring
Posted by: newsla on Jun 04, 2014 - 07:33 PM
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Oulton Park Media Release: BTCC Champion Jordan Gets A Taste Of Supertouring At Oulton Park


Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Andrew Jordan took a trip back in time at Oulton Park today (Wednesday), taking to the wheel of two classic Supertouring cars from the 1990s. The era will be recalled with two special races supporting this weekend’s (7/8 June) round of the BTCC.

 

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Andrew was invited by Warrington-based historic racer Mark Jones to drive a 1994 Vauxhall Cavalier, originally driven by Jeff Allam, and a 1999 Renault Laguna, formerly raced by double British Touring Car champion Jason Plato. It didn’t take long for the reigning champion to get up to speed in both cars, and the Cavalier made a huge impression on Jordan.

“The Vauxhall’s great, I loved it,” the 24-year-old remarked. “It was nice and friendly to drive, and the revs are the biggest thing that I noticed straight away. We now run a turbo which has a lot more low-down power, whereas with that you had to rev it and it’s really short-geared. The gearshift was lovely, although it works the other way than you would think – you push to go up, but that’s absolutely fine.

“It’s pretty much all the same stuff that my car’s got within reason. The suspension on my car’s rock-hard, but it just felt like a touring car should, really. The tyres are smaller than I’m used to now, still whilst it was damp and we were on wets, it still felt as if we had a good amount of grip. The car felt nice and responsive and I didn’t want to come back into the pitlane!”

Andrew certainly felt that the Cava lier was the easier car to get to grips with: “It was very friendly, and it gave me confidence, whereas the Laguna felt much more on a knife edge. It was very different to drive, it feels like it darts around, certainly a lot more on cold tyres. I felt like I was on my back foot with it, because it’s hard work even to stay on the straight. I’m sure as you get more used to it and the tyres come up to temperature it gets better, just it was a bit of a shock going from the Vauxhall to that and how different it actually felt.”

The handling of the Laguna was not the only difference that Andrew noticed. The Williams-built car certainly benefitted from the team’s F1 experience. “I could see quite a difference between the cars,” he revealed. “You just have to look at how low and far back the engine is, the technology put into them. Big thanks for letting me ha ve a go in one because I always wanted to drive my favourite Supertouring car. The fact it’s Jason Plato’s old car is pretty funny.”

Mark joined Andrew on track for a few laps and joked: “It feels pretty good now that we’re both back in one piece! It’s great to get somebody in who has got that sort of experience and race at that level to be able to try both of the cars. His opinions mirror what I’ve experienced myself.”

Mark will be racing at Oulton Park this weekend and like Andrew, his racing exploits are overseen by his father, Bob Jones. “We’re going to be racing the Laguna this weekend,” Mark said. ”It’s the first race meeting we’ve done with it. We’ve done a tiny bit of testing with it, so we’ll just be seeing where we end up. There are a lot of new guys out there, and 29 cars entered, so it’s anybody’s guess.”

Having had a go, Andrew can’t wait for the weekend’s Super Touring Car Championship races either, which will also feature BTCC legends John Cleland and Patrick Watts. “On Friday they’re testing, so the guys and I have said that we want to go down, look round and have a watch,” he said. “Those sort of cars are what I grew up watching and playing on the computer games, so to have them racing on the same package is really cool.”

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, featuring the HSCC Super Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park are available on the gate for £14 on Saturday and £32 on Sunday, with free admission for children aged 12 and under.

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